Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) will enter the inland vessel building segment
on the back of strong growth potential in the next three years. The company
will build small barges, passenger ferry, river-sea vessels and river cruise
among other inland vessels.
“The government is implementing several inland waterways projects in north
and eastern India.We have seen action on the Ganga and Brahmaputra stretches
and hence this segment is promising for shipbuilders,” Madhu Nair, Chairman and
Managing Director of Cochin Shipyard said.
He added, “We are expecting the inland waterways market to open up over the
next three years and are preparing to capture this market.”
The shipbuilder has already received in-principal nod to form a joint
venture with Hooghly Dock & Port Engineers (HDPE), part of the Ministry of
Shipping as the latter already has expertise in the segment.
Nair said, “We will move strongly into this space with the two shipyard
assets of HDPE and would take about 18 months to build up this facility further
after it has received environment clearance.”
HDPE, which has been under financial stress for a while, has two shipyards
in Kolkata. While Cochin Shipyard refrained from divulging any revenue
estimates from inland vessels division, Nair said that the company would take
three years to bring in any revenues from this division of business.